I'm thinking about it -- We only want a small 1 tier cake (wedding will be under 30 people) and the rest of the party will have small desserts that a bakery will make.
If you are thinking of making your own - spend the time testing recipes and then leave them out on the counter and in the fridge/freezer and then thaw out. Does it taste different? Does it melt? Certain fillings and icing don't work out well.
Just remember you will need to finish everything the night before your wedding which sounds like a nightmare but some people thrive under pressure.
If it's mainly a cost saving measure, I would opt out of it. I know you said small wedding but how small are we talking here? My hero cake for the cutting and pictures was $60, which then got split between immediate family and the bridal party. We got sheet cake served as our dessert course to 60 guests for $100. The amount of time and effort I would save in producing those two cakes is worth the $160, not to mention having to store it if you're making it days in advance and hoping it doesn't dry out, and schleping it from home to venue.
Even more reason to do it. you can make it 2 weeks in advance and freeze it until the day of. Because there's a story to it and cost behind it as well I feel like while you make it and cut it at the day of, she will be watching over you. I wouldn't spend money on a cake if you can honor her.
HECK YA! Go for it and from one of your replies you used to do it. Make it freeze it until day of why not? Your wedding there's no rules that says you need to buy it especially if you've done cakes before and are more than happy to make it. Also I think it makes it more special because you made it.
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It is primarily for cost saving! As I was an avid baker for many years, I do have the supplies I would need. We are also having a very small wedding so I just don’t want to pay a ridiculous amount for a small cake that I’ll probably end up eating myself on the wedding night lol!
Thank you for the advice though! I will have to double check with my venue if that is okay!
Are you trying to save on costs? We are buying our cake from Crave. They have very reasonable cake prices. It probably would cost me almost as much to make myself. By the time you purchase the proper pans, quality ingredients (A two-tier cake probably requires like $40 just in butter), and all the tools needed for decorating you might be surprised by the cost.
I personally am not DIYing anything to save myself some time and stress during the week of my wedding. I wouldn't make my own cake unless I did 2-3 practice cakes first to make sure I wasn't going to be disappointed with how it turned out.
Also, our venue does not allow homemade cakes, only cakes made in a licensed bakery, so make sure to check with your venue about that first.